The most expensive military aircraft is B-2 Spirit bomber, which costs 2.2 billion dollars! The Northrop B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American heavy penetration strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses
The B-2 Spirit is a military aircraft that looks more like a spaceship that aliens would land in than it does a war plane, but it is the ultimate stealth bomber that is currently used by the military today. The Spirit is invisible to electromagnetic, infrared, visual and radar signals. This capability makes it easy for the B-2 Spirit to fly into the territory of the enemy without being detected for the crew to deliver the payload of damaging bombs.
This craft was originally designed to transport nuclear explosives and it has the capacity to carry a wide range of bombs. The revolutionary new aircraft is a Strategic winner in every possible way.
The B-2 is a flying wing aircraft, so it has no fuselage or tail. This means it has low drag, high structural efficiency, and generates more lift than other fixed-wing aircraft.
The development and construction of the B-2 required pioneering use of computer-aided design and manufacturing technologies.
It is flown by at least 80 pilots and another additional crew member
COST OF B-2 SPIRIT BOMBER
The total program cost projected through 2004 was US$44.75 billion in 1997 dollars. This includes development, procurement, facilities, construction, and spare parts. The total program cost averaged US$2.13 billion per aircraft. The B-2 may cost up to $135,000 per flight hour to operate in 2010, which is about twice that of the B-52 and B-1.
A procurement of 132 aircraft was planned in the mid-1980s, but was later reduced to 75. By the early 1990s, the Soviet Union dissolved, effectively eliminating the Spirit’s primary Cold War mission. Under budgetary pressures and Congressional opposition, in his 1992 State of the Union Address, President George H. W. Bush announced B-2 production would be limited to 20 aircraft